A rear-end collision is devastating and deadly for some. Even with lower speeds, the consequences are life-altering. The physical and emotional tolls are enough for victims never to want to get into a car again.
Then comes the financial toll these accidents bring, which is extensive the more severe the accident is. Victims will feel like they are drowning in debt, doctor appointments, and paperwork. There are various laws and processes that a personal injury lawyer in Marion, AR, can use to get you justice and compensation.
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Severe Injuries Are Common
The neck and back are susceptible to injury in rear-end collisions because the spinal column consists of various ligaments, muscles, bones, and soft tissue. There are also nerves that can stop sending messages to other parts of your body when they suffer an injury. The force of a rear-end collision causes the neck to snap back and forth, causing pressure on your neck and spinal cord, resulting in whiplash.
While the most common injury in rear-end collision is whiplash, there are other serious injuries that you can suffer like:
- Disc herniation
- Head and brain injury
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injury
- traumatic brain injury
- wrist and hand injury
If the rear vehicle travels at high speed, it can cause a fatal accident. The elderly, children, and rear-seated passengers are at higher risk of dying in a rear-end collision. Additionally, no one is safe if there is a large vehicle like a commercial truck.
You must speak with our Marion rear-end collision lawyers to discuss your options and ensure you get the medical treatment you need.
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Causes Vary in Rear-End Collisions
It is obvious that the common cause of a rear-end crash is driver inattention because drivers believe they can multitask when it is not safe ever to do so. It takes seconds of inattention to wreak havoc on someone’s life. Aside from distractions, other causes of rear-end crashes include:
- Vehicle malfunction
- Drunk driving
- Inclement Weather
- Abrupt or erratic lane changes
- Drowsy driving
The underlying cause of all these accidents is negligence. Drivers owe each other a duty to drive safely and follow road rules. When they do not, it can cause catastrophic collisions ending someone’s life.
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Types of Rear-End Collisions
Aside from the cause of these accidents, there are also several common ways they happen. The type of rear-end crash can impact your compensation claim. The insurance company will find alternative causes depending on the type of accident that can hinder your recovery efforts.
Tailgating is prevalent in these crashes when the driver in the rear is following too closely. Tailgating drivers will follow too closely for a long time, from over a minute to several miles. When the lead driver makes an abrupt stop, the rear driver smashes into them.
Another common type of crash our Marion rear-end collision attorneys see is intersection collisions. The lead driver is stopped at an intersection, waiting to turn or for the light to change. The rear driver is speeding and rams into the stationary driver.
The stationary driver did nothing wrong and could not have done anything to prevent the collision; therefore, liability is clear. Speed will determine the severity of these collisions.
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Damages for Rear-End Wrecks
Damages and compensation will vary contingent on the losses you suffer. You can recover losses for repairing or replacing your vehicle and other property. However, these are usually minor compared to the damage you suffer from your injuries.
You will take time off work and require medical attention for injuries. The severity of these injuries will determine how much time you must take off and how long your treatment will be.
Severe injuries can result in modified work or taking a lower-paying job which means you have a substantial loss in wages. The more severe your injury is, the more medical attention you will need. You can claim the difference in wages and reduced earning capacity.
You will also account for future losses if you suffer a permanent injury. Calculating your losses is complex, and you need financial and medical experts to determine the compensation you need. A rear-end collision lawyer in Marion, AR, will help you calculate and seek compensation for your losses.
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Proving Liability in a Rear-End Collision
You assume the rear driver is responsible for paying for your losses, and they are. However, their insurer does not want to pay or admit to liability. They want to blame you, at least partly, for the collision.
While they can try, we will find holes in their story and ensure they do not blame innocent victims for their driver’s negligence. To prove liability, we’ll gather evidence that shows the driver was negligent and led to your accident.
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When You Need a Personal Injury Lawyer
Rear-end collisions with minor injury and property damage can resolve quickly without legal fuss. Still, there are many cases where you must hire a rear-end collision attorney in Marion, AR. We are an invaluable tool during situations like this.
When your cases involve the following, you must speak to GKBM:
- Serious injury
- Extensive damages
- Complex liability
There are many roles our law firm takes when we take your case. While you must always get an opinion from a lawyer, the examples above are non-negotiable for hiring legal help. You will see many of these situations in cases involving commercial trucks or when a rear-end collision happens between a motorcycle and a passenger vehicle.
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The aftermath of a rear-end collision is chaotic, and you are unsure where to turn. Within 24 hours, the insurance company calls you to see how they can lower your claim. They will try to send you a settlement within weeks, well before you know the extent of your injuries.
When you have Gatti, Keltner, Bienvenu & Montesi, PLC, representing you, the insurance company cannot take advantage of your vulnerability. The faster you schedule an initial consultation, the sooner our Marion rear-end collision lawyers can gather evidence and inform the insurance company that we represent your best interest. Call us today to schedule a consultation.